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Freshman English at Soochow University. From Past to Future by Eleanor S. Leu. Under English Department. 1. ~ till 81 academic year (1992) 2. from 82 to 93 (1993- 2004) 3. from 94 to 95 (2005- 2006). Under Language Center. 1. 96 academic year (2007) 2. 97 academic year (2008)

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freshman english at soochow university

FreshmanEnglish at Soochow University

From Past to Future

by Eleanor S. Leu

under english department
Under English Department
  • 1. ~ till 81 academic year (1992)
  • 2. from 82 to 93 (1993- 2004)
  • 3. from 94 to 95 (2005- 2006)
under language center
Under Language Center
  • 1. 96 academic year (2007)
  • 2. 97 academic year (2008)
  • 3. from 98 academic year till ~
curriculum design
Curriculum Design
  • 1. Core courses / Credits
  • 2. Teaching Materials
  • 3. Evaluation
till 81 academic year
~ till 81 academic year
  • Required for all freshman students
  • Students from the same department

made up a class (數一 英文11組)

  • Reading 英文: 4 hours / 4 credits (MOE)

Listening 聽講實習: 2 hours/ 1 credit

(Soochow: by TA of Language Center)

till 81 1992
Reading materials:

Freshman English Readercompiled by

teachers

Freshman English Workbook

Passages for Recitation and Useful Phrases

Outside Readings: Graded Readers

Writing Assignments: grammar

exercises, sentence making, etc.

~ till 81 (1992)
till 81 19921
~ till 81 (1992)
  • Unified Mid-term & Final Exam

(Saturday? – school day)

Unified Grading Papers

(from Monday to Wednesday)

Types of Questions:

Sentence making

Recitation

Multiple choice (outside readings), etc.

from 82 to 93 academic year
From 82 to 93 academic year

FE is one of the required foreign

languages (大一外文) -- students made

their own choice from English, German,

Japanese, Spanish or French

Different majors made up a class

(校時段一 英文11組, 溪時段一英文13組,

城外文英文52組)

fewer students / classes than before

82 to 93
82 to 93
  • Reading & Listening

4 hours / 3 credits (Soochow)

(taught by the same teacher)

  • Reading materials: chosen by

individual teacher

Writing assignment: sentence making

83 93 supplementary reading materials
83-93 Supplementary Reading Materials
  • From 83 to 89: English Grammar Workbook
  • From 91 to 93:

Soochow University Supplementary

English Reader: complied by

teachers

one lesson (self-study) included in both

midterm and final exams

two lessons for winter vacation

82 to 93 academic year
82 to 93 academic year
  • Same Listening materials:

Family Album, Atlas 2 & 3, True

Colors 2 & 3

Unified mid-term & final listening

60% (30 questions)

40% made by individual teacher

  • Course grade: Reading 60%

Listening 40%

from 94 to 95 academic year
From 94 to 95 academic year
  • Freshmen except those who had passed 全民英檢中級初試or 學測或指考達頂標were required to take the two-year foreign language program -- Freshman English and Sophomore English.
  • All classes were conducted in labs.
94 95
94 ~ 95
  • Students who enrolled in the Freshman English were placed into one of three levels (High, Mid, and Low) based on their scores from the English section of the JCEE.
  • More classes and more low-achievers on English proficiency – low level classes included 補救教學 ( on-line learning)
94 951
94 ~ 95
  • Reading & Listening: 3 hours / 2 credits
  • Same Teaching Materials:

94: Soochow University English Reader

True Colors Book 2 (video used for

high level only)

95: Active Skills for Reading Book 3

(1st edition), True Colors Book 2

94 952
94 ~95
  • Course grade: Reading 60%, Listening 40%
  • Unified Mid-term and Final exams: Samequestions for all three levels of students

Reading – Saturday afternoon (80 minutes)

Listening – 40 questions, regular class time

Midterm: 30%, Final: 30%, others: 40%

96 academic year 2007
96 academic year (2007)
  • Freshman English was divided into two courses: Reading and Listening but basically taught by the same teacher.
  • Reading: 2 hours / 2 credits (regular classroom)

Listening: 2 hours / 1 credit (lab)

96 academic year 20071
96 academic year (2007)
  • Same teaching materials:

Reading – Active Skills for ReadingBook 3, 2nd edition

Listening – Top Notch I

  • Unified Mid-term & Final exams
  • Reading: 100 minutes
  • Listening: 80% unified, 20% individual
97 academic year 2008 9
97 academic year (2008-9)
  • Students who enroll in Freshman English have to pass SEPT, includingreading & listening tests, equivalent to 全民英檢中級複試, at the end of Sophomore English program.
  • Those who don’t pass have to take remedial classes in the third or even the fourth year.
97 academic year 2008 91
97 academic year (2008-9)
  • Students are placed into three levels, and teachers get different numbers of repeaters in different courses of one FE class.
  • Different reading & listening materials for each of three levels
  • Different question types on unified mid-term & final exams for each level (heavy workload on the level coordinator)
97 academic year 2008 92
97 academic year (2008-9)
  • Writing assignments: sentence making for low and mid, other more creative types for high
  • Evaluation: 70%--75% normal distribution placed between

High: 75 -- 85

Mid: 65 -- 75

Low: 50 -- 65

97 academic year 2008 93
97 academic year (2008-9)
  • Number of classes:
  • Reading & Listening, each 75 (Day & Night)
  • High level: 15 classes
  • Mid level: 40 classes
  • Low level: 20 classes
  • Number of students in each class:
  • Reading: 62 (Mid) – 18 (High)
  • Listening: 58 (Mid) – 18 (High)
future prospects
Future Prospects
  • 1. How to collaborate with SE
  • 2. How to design for the third (or the

fourth) year’s remedial program

  • 3. Focus on EGP or ESP (high level)?